Our sign in peace

Our sign in peace
Our sign in peace

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The egg dry spell is over!

Finally, our dry spell has ended with the chickens finally laying these two eggs! They stopped laying mid December and havent laid anything since. We lost a few of our older girls this winter. We will be adding some new girls this Spring. So happy to be back to fresh eggs and not those nasty store bought ones.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Making Bath Bombs

Have you ever gone into a shop and seen the Bath Bombs but the cost was so high you thought again. I wanted to explore how to make these so I set out to learn. Now I see why they cost so much, they are labor intensive but they are also fun to make. There are various recipes on such sites as Pinterest, etc. You will need your various ingredients. Some supplies and more than anything, bath bomb molds!

With a good wisk blend all you ingredients together. This takes some time but you can do it while watching tv or something.

In this batch I wanted whole lavender on each end of the bath bomb so I put just a pinch in each mold.

Pack them as tight as you can and then bring the molds together, push as hard as you can to get a good pack...

Take them right out of the mold and there you are, instant bath fizzy bombs for your tub! Your skin will drink in the ingredients and will be amazingly soft too!

This batch I experimented with rose pedals I ground down, I used a gentle red dye to give it a rose color. So there you go, easy peasy! We will have these in our new gift corner that we will have at upcoming shows but for now, you can find me in the bath!!! 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bees on a Winter Day

We have good and bad news to report from the bee yard. The good news is our hive we've dubbed the "mean girls" are alive and well, as well as mean as ever! This hive is strong and thriving.

I added some more pollen patties and vondant left over. 

Sadly the other hive did not do so well. I found bees throughout the hive in clusters that appear to have starved to death. This cluster was interesting as it had the queen and some workers in the center but tons of food on this frame and throughout the whole hive.

Here is a closer view...

And even a closer one here. She still has her dot on her back. So very sad...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fair thee well Willie

Today was a sad day as we lost our "One Eyed Willie". The "Rico Suave" of the chicken coop. While the other roosters spent their time squabbling,  Willie used his time wisely courting the ladies. We will miss his kind demeanor and the ease to sneak up on him and grab him for a hug. RIP Willie

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Chicken down!!!!

We have been under very cold conditions here in Connecticut with record breaking temperatures which is putting a lot of stress on our animals. Yesterday I went up to feed our chickens in the morning and found this old girl in great distress. With eyes closed and hiding in the coop, she was in big trouble.

I brought her down to the house, did an examination and quickly found out what was the matter. Her crop was huge and hard. She has been eating but my guess was she wasn't getting much water.  I quickly gave her water and began to massage, breaking up the solid clump that was her crop. I began giving her mineral oil along with water every half hour and off to work she came with me for the day. At this point she could barely stand and was quite weak.

This is her about 4 hours later!!! Standing, more energy and feeling much better. 

With negative temperatures she could not go back to the coop so she has spent the last two nights in our bathtub!!!

The sign is in the poop...on the right was her earlier droppings and on the left a much more formed and normal stool telling me she is on the mend!!! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Closing out 2017 with gratefulness

2017 leaves us with much to be grateful for. It didn't start out so well with the loss of our sweet Missy Marie. She was with our family for almost 15 years and we were blessed to have her.

Tim continues his love affair with Autumn. Never have we had a dog that is "his". Her devotion to him always met with a hug when he comes home at night.

In April a beautiful little boy named Noah joined our family...

He has brought such joy to our family.

We only added one New little one to our managerie named PJ. The New human babies have taken over that spot.

After a rough year before losing all our hives to a bear, we have rebounded and begun to rebuild our apiary.

Our daughters family added 2 New puppies named Onyx&Odie!!! 

Our friend Kenny has recovered well from his transplant surgery and we continue to cherish our friendship with him and Jane.

We took time out for friends and fun on the beach.

Noah and Scarlett grow and we try not to miss a moment.

Much wanted projects like this one were completed.

Time was spent with cherished friends...

As I continue to make greater goals towards where and what I want to do in life...

Watching these two grow up as cousins and friends is priceless.

So as we leap into 2018, we do so with a grateful heart...

Friday, December 29, 2017

The weather outside is frightful!!!

The weather has been sooooooo cold here in Connecticut! With single digit and negative temperatures in the days and nights, the thermometer not budging a bit, it's been hard to bear. Even the animals are non too happy about it. 
We have laid thick layers of straw down for them and they pile in without hesitation. 

The chickens are hudled and let's not forget the frozen poop!! Cleaning the chicken coop is just about impossible with everything frozen! We are expecting these temperatures to continue for at least another week!!!
It's all part of living in New England which I wouldn't change for the world.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Candy Boards on the Winter Solstice

             For the past few years, I have brought my bees through the Winter by using the following techniques. I will share what I do. 
First you will need Candy Boards. My husband made these to fit on top of the feeder. There is about an inch and a half area that holds it up.

First you will need 5 pounds of sugar per hives.

16 ounces of water...

I add some Pollen Patties purchased at my local Agway.

Pour the water into a pot and bring to a boil...

Pour the 5 pounds of sugar into the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Bring it to 242 degrees. Let sit until it is 180 degrees. Then take a blender and mix until it begins to thicken. You can do this at short intervals as well.

Now pour quickly into the deep side of the candy boards and spread out.

Have your pollen patties cut into small pieces and work into the sugar as quick as you can.

Leaving the top feeder on, I fill each side with pine shavings generously.

Then invert the candy board on top of the feeder. The bees will come up the center and cluster, feeding on the candy board staying away from the condensation that will drip into the shavings.

The girls were curious and came to check out what I was doing.

The bee yard is put to bed for the Winter, just in time for the Winter Solstice. I hope this will help you as it has helped me. If you have any questions you can always leave a comment here or email us at CoonHollowFarm@aol.com.
Happy Winter as we dream for Spring to work with our girls again!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Honey Cinnamon Butter gifting

Every year is a challenge to find something unique to make as a gift. I love to give out usable gifts. I choose a honey butter as a gift This year. I looked up some recipes but borrowed from a few to make my own. I made it for the family this weekend, but then made some adjustments. I sterilized some jars and went to work.

I choose these 5 ingredients, butter, honey (crystallized is fine), cinnamon, dark brown sugar and homemade vanilla.

Into the food processor they went. Blending takes some time to bring the ingredients together.

Once blended, I placed the ingredients into small jars.

Added a label to them...

Placed some homespun under the label and you have butter, ready for gifting!!!
Yes! I will list the recipe below:
1/2 cup of butter, salted
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon